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This Was One Of The Worst Strike Calls In Baseball History

Angel Hernandez might be ruled legally blind today.

1. With the U.S. and Dominican Republic tied at 1-1 in the ninth inning of a critical World Baseball Classic game last night, umpire Angel Hernandez called this a strike.

2. Except it was clearly not a strike.

3. In real time, it definitely doesn’t look like a strike.

4. MLB Network’s own Strike Zone said it was not a strike.

5. The PITCHf/x data had it a half-foot outside.

6. Twitter collectively agreed it was not a strike.

THAT WAS THE WORST FLIPPINING PITCH EVER. THAT WAS NOT A STRIKE. OMG.

— Expression∞ (@stephmwaha)

THAT WAS THE WORST FLIPPINING PITCH EVER. THAT WAS NOT A STRIKE. OMG.— Expression∞

Is it fair to say that Angel Hernandez just made the worst strike call in the history of the world?

— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond)

Is it fair to say that Angel Hernandez just made the worst strike call in the history of the world?— Jared Diamond

that was the worst back door strike call i have ever seen. #WBC

— Brian Wolfe (@BdubKnows)

that was the worst back door strike call i have ever seen. #WBC— Brian Wolfe

One of the worst strike/ball calls in the history of professional international baseball.

— TJ Viracola (@TJOD15)

One of the worst strike/ball calls in the history of professional international baseball.— TJ Viracola

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA THAT WAS THE WORST STRIKE CALLED EVER HHAHAHA

— Tim  (@tim_williams5)

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA THAT WAS THE WORST STRIKE CALLED EVER HHAHAHA— Tim î„

That might have been the worst call in ball-strike history.

— Dave Brown (@AnswerDave)

That might have been the worst call in ball-strike history.— Dave Brown

That might be the worst strike call I've ever seen. Literally. Wow.

— Ryan Wagner (@rwags614)

That might be the worst strike call I’ve ever seen. Literally. Wow.— Ryan Wagner

13. Erick Aybar certainly did not think it was a strike.

14. Likewise, the Dominican Republic bench somewhat disagreed with Hernandez’s assessment.

15. On third base, Nelson Cruz was also incredulous.

16. One pitch later, though, Aybar got the game-winning hit.

17. Revenge? You’re damn right.

18. (For the record, not to take away from Angel Hernandez, but Eric Gregg’s umpiring during the 1997 NLCS is the worst there has ever been or will ever be.)

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